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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

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Washington, DC

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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

Language:

English


Episodes

#1530 The Pillars of Polarization and Persuasion

12/6/2022
Air Date 12/6/2022 Today, we take a look at some of the factors driving hyper-partisanship in the US right now along with multiple arguments to not give up on the power of persuasion. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) BestOfTheLeft.com/HOLIDAY (BOTL GIFT GUIDE!) Join our Discord community! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: What If We Don't Need To 'Fix' Polarization? -...

Duration:01:10:10

#1529 Monopolies Run By Morons

12/3/2022
Air Date 12/3/2022 Today, we take a look at the mega-companies that touch all of our lives and the monopolistic practices that have been developed to keep power and wealth concentrated with the few while the rest of us get screwed. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE LINKS: BestOfTheLeft.com/HOLIDAY (BOTL GIFT...

Duration:01:06:44

Bonus Sample #259 Political Movements

12/2/2022
Original Air Date: 11-5-22 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - The Neverending Story - Instilling distrust through abuse - More on collectivist storytelling - Joseph Campbell and the myth of the monomyth - The politics of public toilets and potty training Connect to our Discord References: The Martin Beck Police Mystery Series Joseph Campbell's Myth of the Monomyth | Part 1 - Maggie May Fish The Weird History of Gender-Segregated Bathrooms -...

Duration:00:18:29

#1528 The Ugly Underbelly of The Beautiful Game (Qatar World Cup)

11/30/2022
Air Date 11/30/2022 Today, we take a look at the context of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar including the labor abuses endemic in the construction of the facilities, the authoritarianism and anti-LGBTQ policies of the Qatari government, and the corruption fundamental to the inner working of FIFA that brought the tournament to Qatar in the first place. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows...

Duration:01:08:01

#1230 Thanksgiving and cultural heritage (Repost)

11/26/2022
Original Air Date 11/27/2018 Today we take a look at the literal and figurative bloody messes of the history of Thanksgiving and the identities of native peoples. This episode is the second in an ongoing series focusing on Native Peoples in North America. Other episodes include #1216 on Christopher Columbus, #1252 on Westward Expansion, #1265 on native peoples adapting to the modern world, and #1283 on (mis)representation of native peoples in popular culture. Be part of the show! Leave us...

Duration:01:13:06

#1527 Making Antisemitism Great Again with Ye, Kyrie Irving and Dave Chapelle

11/22/2022
Air Date 11/22/2022 Today, we take a look at three recent incidents of celebrities using their platforms to spread antisemitic tropes all in the context of greater openness to antisemitism within the Republican Party in the age of Trumpism. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) BestOfTheLeft.com/HOLIDAY (BOTL GIFT GUIDE!) Join our Discord community! SHOW...

Duration:01:15:50

#1265 Moving beyond tragedy by surviving and adapting (Repost)

11/19/2022
Original Air Date 4/16/2019 Today we take a look at just a few of the aspects of modern life for Native Peoples that we can see as stemming from the racism and colonialism that have been endemic in post-contact America. This episode is the fourth in an ongoing series focusing on Native Peoples in North America. Previous episodes are, in order, #1216 on Christopher Columbus, #1230 on Thanksgiving, and #1252 on Westward Expansion. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or...

Duration:01:15:22

#1526 A History of Political Violence in the US

11/15/2022
Air Date 11/15/2022 Today, we take a look at our extremely steady history of political violence from the Revolution, through the Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, into the Civil Rights era, the Militia Movement and domestic terrorism, and now to our current once-again-radicalized, right-wing movement willing to use and tacitly condone violence as a political tactic. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email...

Duration:01:13:49

#1525 Don't Panic: Irrational Fear and Panic in the US

11/12/2022
Air Date 11/12/2022 Today, we take a look at a few types of panic that regularly strike within communities or across the nation including various satanic panics, Halloween candy panics, and panic over kids being too inclusive and welcoming of all types of people. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE...

Duration:01:02:41

#1524 An Historic, World-Shaping Election, Of Sorts (China, Xi Jinping)

11/8/2022
Air Date 11/8/2022 Today, we take a look at the life and times of China's president, Xi Jinping, and his rise to be China's first non-term-limited president who also, not coincidentally, has a bit of an authoritarian streak. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE LINKS: MINTMOBILE.COM/BEST CUT YOUR WIRELESS BILL TO $15 A...

Duration:01:07:40

Bonus Sample #258 Chatbots and Catbots

11/4/2022
Original Air Date: 10-24-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - The rise of AI-powered therapy bots Connect to our Discord community! References: My Therapist, the Robot Therapy for People Who Can’t Go to Therapy Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Produced by: Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review...

Duration:00:17:01

#1523 Pocketbook Pain and Corporate Profits

11/1/2022
Air Date 11/1/2022 Today, we take a look at the corporate price-gouging and massive profits happening under the cover of widespread inflation, all in the run-up to the midterm elections in which the GOP is running cover for corporations and blaming Democrats for price hikes. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE...

Duration:01:04:38

#1522 An extremist cult conspired to destroy the United Kingdom from within

10/29/2022
Air Date 10/29/2022 Today, we take a look at the destruction accomplished over decades by adherents to a libertarian, neoliberal ideology in the UK which culminated recently in the tanking value of the British pound sterling and the resignation of the shortest-serving Prime Minister ever Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR...

Duration:01:10:49

#1521 The election of a lifetime for this year

10/26/2022
Air Date 10/26/2022 Today, we take a look at the 2022 election and the political dynamics at play as the GOP continues on its path of ideological anti-democracy and Democrats work to register new voters and get out the vote. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE LINKS: ExpressVPN.com/BestOfTheLeft GET INTERNET PRIVACY...

Duration:01:07:47

Bonus Sample #257 The Fascist Hobbit and the Conservatism of Storytelling

10/25/2022
Original Air Date: 10-12-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - The new fascist party running Italy and their love of Lord of the Rings - "The Jay Principle" which has something to do with people liking stories they shouldn't - How to write progressive stories Join our Discord community! References: Hobbits and the Hard Right: How Fantasy Inspires Italy’s Potential New Leader Why liberals love "Downton Abbey" - Salon Downton Abbey–Why We Love Rich...

Duration:00:18:31

#1440 The Physical Structures of Structural Racism and the Fight for Environmental Justice (Repost)

10/21/2022
Original Air Date 9/8/2021 Today we take a look at the legacy of red-lining, the building and subsequent destruction of Black communities and the health and environmental impacts of segregation. The concept of “Structural Racism” is often a metaphor, not something physical that you can touch, but that is not the case when it comes to environmental racism. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD...

Duration:01:18:03

#1435 A History of White Violence in Policy and Practice (Repost)

10/18/2022
Original Air Date 8/18/2021 Today we take a look at history of white people deciding to get their way through violence and the tradition of having the government look the other way Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The KKK: History and Myth - Professor Buzzkill History Podcast - Air Date 8-24-17 Practically nothing in the history of the...

Duration:01:13:28

#1520 Demanding Rights for Women in Iran

10/14/2022
Air Date 10/14/2022 Today, we take a look at the women-led protests roiling Iran in response to violent crackdowns from the so-called morality police that have led to the deaths of young women demanding rights and freedom. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE LINKS: BOMBAS.COM/BEST AND USE CODE: BEST - BUY ONE/GIVE ONE...

Duration:01:16:36

Bonus Sample #256 Life is a Series of Tasks

10/12/2022
Original Air Date: 9-27-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - Nazis using The Amanda Principle on Uncle Tom's Cabin - Societal instability driven by businesses always "disrupting" everything - The anti-social nature of gratitude Connect your Discord to Patreon References: Germany's strange nostalgia for the antebellum American South Forget Disruption. Tech Needs to Fetishize Stability Debt: The First 5000 Years (Affiliate link) Leave a message at...

Duration:00:18:00

#1447 Settler Colonialist Structures Around the World (Repost)

10/11/2022
Original Air Date 10/9/2021 Today we take a look at structures and specifics of settler colonialism from around the world including the US, Caribbean, Australia, Israel and Mexico Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: History of US imperialism in Latin America: From settler colonialism to Pink Tide - Moderate Rebels - Air Date 12-12-20 Ben...

Duration:01:26:33